FAQs on Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)/Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visa changes – For RSE Employers

5 days ago

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has provided the following FAQs for RSE employers on the recent changes to RSE and SSE visas.

 Click here to download the Q&A.


Key Messages

  • People in New Zealand with expiring working holiday visas will be able to stay in the country to fill short-term horticulture and viticulture roles.
  • In addition, stranded former (Recognised Seasonal Employer) RSE workers who are still in New Zealand on flexible limited visas enabling to work part time and do non-RSE work, will be able to ‘re-enter’ the RSE Scheme and work for RSE employers in the horticulture and viticulture industries with 30 hours per week average pay guaranteed.

Questions about the Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) visas can be directed to the RSE Unit rseunit@mbie.govt.nz.


Employing SSE visa holders

SSE visa holders can be employed by either:

  • an employer with an approved SSE Approval in Principle (AIP)
  • an RSE employer with an approved Agreement to Recruit (ATR), where places haven't been filled by RSE workers, or
  • are filling a role in an MSD region that's specified by MSD 
    (click here for more info).

Click here for full information on hiring someone on an SSE visa. This Work and Income information will be kept up to date with the role lists being reviewed by MSD as required.

-Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment